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Perspective | A single letter grade doesn’t measure up

The release of A-to-F school performance grades has become an annual marker in North Carolina education. Now the draft consensus...

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Perspective | An education summit made waves, now barely ripples

It was a gathering of political leadership hardly imaginable today. Thirty years ago, then-President George H.W. Bush spent two days...

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Perspective | Impeachment inquiry as a ‘teachable moment’

The U.S. House opened a new chapter in American history when it decided to pursue an inquiry into whether to...

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Perspective | A budgetary impasse in stark red and blue

Is it all about Medicaid? Is there any way out? Is there no sense of urgency? These questions come to...

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Perspective | Gerry Hancock’s sense of urgency: The role of civic associations in educational opportunity

Alexis de Tocqueville didn’t meet Gerry Hancock when he traveled through North Carolina on his nine-month tour of the United...

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Perspective | Deeper currents at play in legislative drama

The extraordinary confluence of budgeting and redistricting that roiled the North Carolina General Assembly over this week has made freshly...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s daunting education-and-economy agenda

A menacing hurricane in the blue Atlantic and a mass shooting in the heart of Texas overshadowed the traditional Labor...

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Perspective | An ‘E(race)ing’ report to move North Carolina forward

Chart-by-chart, day-by-day over three weeks in August, EducationNC rolled out the findings and analysis of an impressive study of access...

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Perspective | Pediatricians: Racism bad for students’ health

It seems a poignant sign of the times that the nation’s major association of pediatricians felt impelled to issue a...

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Can North Carolina respond to the ‘future of work?’

Toward the end of a column here a month ago, I inserted an observation that North Carolina “needs a stronger...

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Seeking signs of hope for a fragile democracy

In 1930, during his surrealist period, Salvador Dali produced a painting titled, “The Average Bureaucrat.” Dali expressed his contempt for...

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Schools as instruments to fight intolerance and indifference

In my first year of high school, as I recall, a kindly, soft-spoken teacher monitored outdoors recess. When adolescent horse-play...